In a perfect world, our diet would provide exactly what we need, calories! If this were possible, overweight would not exist.
Unfortunately, this is impossible today and it will probably never be the case… for a very simple reason: energy needs to vary.
Energy expenditure is not fixed. It varies according to your metabolism as well as your physical activity but also external temperatures. For example, when it’s cold, maintaining body heat “forces” the body to expend more energy.
For the record, adventurers who set out to explore Antarctica must ingest several thousand calories a day just to maintain their weight due to extreme temperatures. Athletes for example must also consume a certain amount of calories to sustain daily training and activities.
The Caloric Balance Or The Issue Of Weight Loss
Too often, the media perceive weight loss as a basic system where you should “eat light,” “exercise,” “avoid sugar” and other cliques. If there is a background of truths in these tips, they only touch the bottom of the problem: the caloric/energy balance.
To slim down, you must not eat foods that are low in fat or low in sugar, but must establish a caloric deficit. In other words, you have to burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis. By managing to set up a calorie deficit, we are able to draw on our fat reserves.
Increasing energy expenditure requires a reduction in calories through food and an increase in spending through food.
If you would like more information on this process, the internet has a lot of full guide on the subject. We will also be discussing this topic on our other articles.
What Physical Activities Should Be Put In Place?
Keep in mind that most of the calorie deficit is reduced calories. Yes, playing sports can help you lose weight, but sport needs to be seen as a complementary aid. It’s much easier to take 300 calories out of your diet than to burn 300 calories while exercising (about 30 minutes of running).
Nevertheless, we must not ignore sports activity. Not only does it help to lose weight, but on top of that, it also offers many cardiovascular health benefits. Sports also enhances your mental as well as emotional fitness.
Our favourite activities are definitely skipping rope and swimming. The skipping rope can be easily practiced at home using a skipping rope. If you have the opportunity to buy one, we recommend the CrossFit models available here.
For swimming, it’s a little more complicated unless you have a pool or you are living near the beach, but it’s still an extremely complete and above all devilishly efficient activity for burning energy.
Swimming is an activity that involves many parts of the body at the same time, so it’s quite energy-intensive. In addition, strength training helps stimulate different muscle groups, so it’s even better if you aim to gain a little mass.
Whatever your favourite physical activities or sports are, remember that you should always balance physical exertion with proper diet and calorie intake.